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Meta to Begin Fully Encrypting Messages on Facebook and Instagram

Updated: Jan 5

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, is reportedly planning to implement full end-to-end encryption for messages on its platforms.

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Credit: REUTERS

The move is aimed at enhancing user privacy and security, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).


End-to-end encryption ensures that only the sender and recipient can access the content of a message, preventing unauthorised access from third parties, including the platform itself. By implementing this encryption, Meta aims to provide users with a higher level of privacy and protect their communications from potential breaches.


The decision to fully encrypt messages on Facebook and Instagram comes as privacy concerns continue to be a major focus for social media platforms. Meta's move aligns with the growing demand for secure and private messaging services, particularly in light of recent data breaches and privacy scandals.


However, the implementation of end-to-end encryption may also raise concerns related to law enforcement and content moderation. Encryption can make it more challenging for authorities to access messages related to criminal activities and it can also pose challenges for platforms in identifying and removing harmful or illegal content.


Meta has stated that it is committed to finding a balance between privacy and safety. The company aims to develop systems that can detect and address harmful content while still maintaining the privacy of user communications.

The implementation of full end-to-end encryption on Facebook and Instagram is expected to be a gradual process, with Meta taking into account various factors and potential challenges. The company will likely work closely with experts and regulators to ensure that the encryption measures align with legal requirements and user expectations.

 
  • Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, plans to fully encrypt messages on its platforms.

  • The move aims to enhance user privacy and security.

  • End-to-end encryption ensures that only the sender and recipient can access message content.

  • The decision aligns with the growing demand for secure and private messaging services.

Source: REUTERS

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